7 Reasons I’m Finally Trying Keto (And How I Still Get to EAT CARBS!)
YES, you can eat carbs on the Keto diet!
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I've attempted to follow the Keto diet in the past, but Sadie without carbs is a BAD IDEA. Like, bad bad bad idea. My hormones and mood were all out of whack, I wanted to murder everyone – I literally thought I was going to end up on Snapped. I have many friends who have had amazing experiences with Keto, but the times I've tried it, I just wasn't feeling it. I like food and I like carbs and, and, and. So I tried Weight Watchers and lost 50+ pounds! Then, I hit a plateau and got bored – and frustrated with tracking every. damn. thing I put in my mouth. Sometimes I'm out and about and don't want to have to look on the app to see how many points something is. Also, Weight Watchers is an extra expense each month – I could spend that money on higher quality foods.
7 Reasons I'm Finally Trying Keto
Kevin's aunt had this book at her house and I almost didn't pick it up because I thought it was just another Keto book. I read the back of the book and decided to skim through it. I was hooked right away, and ordered the book on Amazon from her couch LOL. You can see INSIDE The Keto Diet book on Amazon, so check it out before you buy. I bet you will be as excited as I was when I discovered it!
I've steered clear of Keto for many reasons but mostly because I'm sick to death of looking at bacon-wrapped “fat bombs”. That just doesn't feel healthy to me. I'm not opposed to eating fat by any means, but eating gobs of fat just to eat it? Nah. I don't eat pork, and was laughed at for mentioning turkey bacon in a Keto group. Meh. I'm not into the judgement I've seen from those groups, either. I'm used to my supportive Weight Watchers groups, you know?
The Keto Diet book ditches the one size fits all approach that most Keto-ers have taken, and gives you options. I love options! The book also includes five 28-day meal plans that walk you through a month of eating Keto. I love having a road map for success. This may not be an easy transition, I'm not sure yet… but having a plan in place helps ease my mind.
Benefits of Keto
If you've done Weight Watchers for any amount of time, you may be terrified of increasing your fat intake. I love using full-fat coconut milk when I bake, when I make my coffee, etc. I can't do that with Weight Watchers because it would be too high in points. With Keto, you don't have to be afraid of fat! Keto can help you gain energy, lose weight, improve your health, and turn you into the ultimate fat-burning machine—all without restricting or even counting calories.
Improved focus – this is the main draw for me. I'm all over the place, so if eating a different way can help me focus even a little bit, I'm down.
Weight loss – of course this is a big draw for me, too! I've lost a lot of weight but I still have another 60 or so pounds to go. Keto is a great way to lose weight fast, but you've gotta stick with it to keep the pounds off – that's why this modified version of Keto is intriguing for me.
More energy – avoiding the afternoon slump sounds like pure heaven to me. I'm always so damn tired around 2PM.
I've done quite a bit of research on the benefits of the Keto diet, because it's so popular and I know so many people who have had success with it. At the end of the day, I just refuse to give up my carbs. That's where The Keto Diet book comes in, and I love that it bridges the gap for us carb-loving folks to try Keto. I'll update you all in a few weeks to let you know how I'm doing! Here are some of the reasons I'm finally giving the Keto diet another try.
1. The benefits! I listed a few of the benefits of Keto above, so I'm going to focus on those when I'm craving ice cream.
2. I can still eat carbs. Keto is known for being high fat, low carb. The problem with that is, it's not fun for me. If I am going to stick with something, I need to enjoy it – or at least see results… one or the other (or both). Using The Keto Diet with carb-up days should make it easier for me to stick with. The author of the book said she eats 75-150 carbs a day and still sees results! There are studies showing Keto isn't good for long term weight loss because it comes back so fast even when you incorporate healthy carbs back into your diet.
3. I need to lose weight. Weight Watchers is great, I'll never give up on it completely (mostly because I know 170,000+ group members are depending on me!), but I want to try something new.
4. Keto can lower blood pressure. My blood pressure is perfect, but Kevin's is high! I needed to find a way of eating that could help lower blood pressure while still allowing delicious food.
5. Digestion. Dude. If you know me at all, you know digestion is a hot topic in my house. From my famous constipation smoothie to my old website (called “Why Can't I Poop?”), poop is something we talk about way too often haha.
6. I did the breakfast test. In the book I mentioned above, there's a “breakfast test”. You eat a high-carb, low-fat breakfast no more than two hours after you wake up. Keep the fat low, protein moderate, and carbs high. Go back to your normal way of eating for a few days, then do the next part of the test: low-carb, high-fat breakfast with moderate protein. On each test day, keep a log noting how you feel: energy before and after the meal, energy throughout the day, mental clarity, how long you stay full/satisfied, what your food choices/cravings are like.
7. Keto can be modified. Everything I kept reading said that Keto can be modified, but none of the modification included increasing carb intake! What gives? Chapter 2 of The Keto Diet showed me exactly how I can make modifications for my life.
Eating Carbs on Keto
YES, you can still eat carbs if you follow the carb-up method described in The Keto Diet.
There are different ways to do Keto, but I love what this book has taught me. Increasing fat, increasing protein, and lowering carbs without eliminating them is what I'm going for with my Keto diet. I'm not tracking macros. I'm done tracking! The key to being able to increase carbs on the Keto diet without gaining weight is to lower fat intake on those days. True Keto-ers will cringe at that idea, I'm sure, but I'm going for it!
Are you stuck in a never-ending weight loss plateau? Have you experienced hair loss? Are you feeling restricted in your food choices? Sick of tracking every single damn bite? Are you binge eating? If you said “YES” to any of those, I fully believe you will benefit from The Keto Diet book and a modified carb-up Keto plan.
I'll update this post and link to my progress in a week or two, so check back!